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Juniors

norman.dede.karenmYou've come a long way, kid! / Karen L. Myers photoThe average age of active foxhunters continues to rise. Where are the youngsters? we ask. Pointing to all the “usual suspects”—risk aversion, social media addiction (living vicariously rather than actively), animal rights activism—is...well...pointless. Social change continues to be part of mankind’s evolutionary process. What can we do pro-actively? is more to the point.

The MFHA has periodically urged hunts to reach out to nearby Pony Clubs, and many of these efforts have been successful. The Live Oak Challenge sponsored by MFHs Marty and Daphne Wood has introduced numerous young riders to foxhunting by offering financial incentives to the winning Pony Clubs. The Guide to Establishing a Foxhunting Camp written by Joyce Fendley, MFH provides a cookbook approach to running a summer day camp for any hunt wishing to reach out to children. (The booklet is available from the MFHA.)

Hunts can do these things, but there is something we as ordinary members of the field can do. We can adopt-a-kid.

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+1 # NancyAmbro 2011-07-01 14:56
Love it! This is what really makes the difference, having someone who's personally invested in bringing a young rider to the experience. Mentoring is a marvelous concept. Thanks for bringing this forward!
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+1 # Denya Dee 2011-07-06 16:36
Thank you for adding me in this!!! WONDERFUL years!
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+1 # Elisabeth Harpham 2011-07-08 05:54
Check out what Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds are doing in Unionville, Pennsylvania:

http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/chasin/
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